Hearts and Swords

Four Original Stories of Celta

A collection of Celta stories by the delightful Ms. Owens, a must for every fan of the Heart series.

Did you ever wonder how Celta was colonized? Take a trip to the back to the beginning in the story, Heart and Sword. Kelse is awakened from cryo sleep to squash a rebellion and steer the colonists to a habitable planet before they run out of fuel and food. But leadership causes him to protect his wife to the detriment of his marriage. This story was a wonderful pocket of time, showing us the ancestors of families we love. I had several a-ha moments, as we see the start of culture and society on a brand new world.

In Heart and Soul, Tinne Holly's ex-wife, Genista has left Druida to build a new life in Gael City, far from her reputation and society's prying eyes. She has a job she enjoys and finally feels comfortable in her own skin. She has no interest in a relationship but her neighbor is tempting her to change her mind. I didn't always like Genista previously. I felt bad for her when she lost her baby but she wasn't a character I was too eager to see more of. That said, this was my favorite of the four stories. Genista was more than she seemed and I was sad to see the story end. Brava, Ms. Owens!

I was quite pleased with having an older couple take center stage in Heart Story. Blush Willow, T'Willow's mother, is still recovering from the damage her horrible mother did to her and the entire Willow family. She is determined to claim her HeartMate and get on with her life. He comes to her and what should have been a sweet moment erupts in anger as being face to face opens old wounds. Will they finally have a happy ending? This was a sweet couple and a lovely story.

The last story, Noble Heart, has been a long time coming. The Clover family has featured prominently in the Heart series. A common family, but strong in number, a rare and valuable thing on Celta, has steadily grown in Flair. When Walker Clover suddenly gets thrown into 3 simultaneous Passages, he wakes up powerful in Flair. Not only that, but he discovers his life was rich in secrets. Then it is a matter of adjusting to his Flair and new position as the Clovers become a noble family because of his power. It was wonderful to see the Clover's become powerful and I loved watching Walker take charge of his life and his Family!

This is a charming and heartwarming collection of love stories with a dash of adventure. I give Heart and Swords 4 and « stars!

Book Blurb for Hearts and Swords

Four original novellas from the author of Heart Search.

Award-winning author Robin D. Owens returns to the futuristic world of Celta with four original romantic fantasies as four different couples find their HeartMates and their destinies on Celta.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 4.50